Party at vampire premiere

LUCY TOWNEND
Last updated 12:00 20/06/2014

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"Vampirates" have arrived in Palmerston North for a fang-tastic movie about a bunch of bloodsucking mates.

The catchphrases "arr, me matey" and "shiver me timbers" were traded in for "I vant to suck your blood" when the Palmerston North Pirate Party, known as the The Vagabonds, attended the premiere of What We Do In The Shadows at Downtown Cinemas yesterday.

The Kiwi movie, co-written, co-directed and co-starring Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement, is a mockumentary following a group of vampires living in Wellington.

For the premiere, the Palmerston North group transformed themselves into "vampirates" by adding fangs and blood stains to their normal pirate get-up.

Vagabond member Karl "Cardinal" Pearce said the group often attended events dressed as pirates and received a positive response.

"Zis occasion is for zee movie, ve are a bunch of vampirates who heard there were vampires living in Vellington and ve are making a documentary about us vampirates going to see the documentary," Pearce said.

The Vagabonds are a social group "from all walks of life, colour and creed". "We class any port home. We sail the seven seas and we party hard," Pearce said.

The pirates concept is part of a global movement called Pirate Parties International, a group celebrating freedom of expression.

Downtown Cinemas chief executive Paul Wood said previous premieres that inspired fans to come in fancy dress included The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and Star Wars.

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- Manawatu Standard

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